🔴The four matches Liverpool have picked points despite being far from their best
🔴The four matches Liverpool have picked points despite being far from their best
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🔴The four matches Liverpool have picked points despite being far from their best

Liverpool dropped points for the first time this season in the English Premier League in their 1-1 draw away to Manchester United on Sunday evening. 

The Reds have had a perfect record, winning all their opening eight matches, including wins against two sides in the traditional 'top six' bracket; Arsenal and Chelsea. 

Most of the victories were convincing, but they have 'forcefully' picked up points even when they were at their worst. 

They convincingly saw off Norwich 4-1 on opening day and also recorded comprehensive wins against Arsenal, Newcastle, and Burnley.

One quality that The Reds have time to time exhibited is their ability to grind out results even when playing at their worst. 

Southampton - 17th August (Away)

Following their 1-1 draw (3-2 win on Pen) against Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup, Klopp's men traveled to St. Mary's to face Southampton. The Reds won 2-1, but the scoreline did not tell the whole story.

With Liverpool seemingly worn out from their mid-week trip to Turkey for the Super Cup tie, the hosts gave them a torrid time and pinned down them from time to time, coming close to opening the scores thrice in the first half before Sadio Mane gave them the lead in the final minutes of the first half. 

Mane then turned provider as he assisted Roberto Firmino to score a second, which eventually proved crucial as stand-in goalkeeper Adrian made a mistake that gifted Ings a goal in the latter stages of the match and they held on for the three points.

Sheffield - 28th September (Away)

Liverpool lacked their clinical edge against a well-disciplined Sheffield at Bramall Lane. Giorgio Wijnaldum's 70th-minute strike that squirmed through the arms of goalkeeper Dean Henderson made all the difference as the match ended 1-0.

Liverpool clearly had an off-day and after the match, Jurgen Klopp admitted to have come up against a good side who made it difficult with their defending.

Chris Wilder, on the other hand, felt they let themselves down by not picking maximum points, after missing a host of chances, especially in the first half. 

Chelsea - 22nd September (Away)

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Roberto Firmino's goals were enough to hand the Reds a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge. The win didn't come easy though as the visitors had to withstand a second-half spirited fight from the hosts, who largely overplayed them.

Chelsea could have easily grabbed an equalizer late into the second half, but Mason Mount and Mitchy Batshuayi spurned chances as Klopp and company breathed a sigh of relief at the final whistle, heading to Anfield with all the three points. 

And the match at Old Trafford, well, it was a drab affair, to say the least, as both sides did not entertain in their approach. 

Liverpool lacked their fluency going forward, which was largely contributed by Ole Gunnar's formation of his side. 

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